The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez (Pinnacle True Crime) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Apr 2006
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"An astonishing portrait of a killer not seen since In Cold Blood" (New York Daily News)
"An exceptionally well-told true crime tale" (Publishers Weekly)
"The details are amazing, told from many points of view; very scary indeed" (Los Angeles Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The classic account of one of the world's most feared serial killers, Richard Ramirez --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
and brutal serial killer Richard Ramirez,who during the mid
1980's broke into,beat,molested and murdered many victims in
Los Angeles.In September 1989 Richard Ramirez was sentenced
to death,which he appeared to show no remorse or conscience.
With warning,the Night stalkers descriptions are graphically
violent as the first 100 pages or so tells the story from
the killers point of view.It then moves onto the killers childhood,
the courtcase then the death row marriage.As much as I despise
Richard Ramirez,in parts you find yourself sympathising with him
then find he has a like able side.I am not excusing what he did but
the book does justice on his character.
Carlo held nothing back and was frank with the details of Ramirez
This book is a stone cold classic of the genre. Its narrative rips along at an exhuastive pace leaving the reader in no doubt as to the severity and brevity of the subjects atrocious crimes. The court chapters tend to drag a little only mirroring ramerez's actual trial.
Really this is the benchmark which all others must be measured. Ann rule etc do not even warant being mentioned in the same breath.
The horrible crimes are not over sensationalised, but contain enough detail to reinforce the horror of the crimes themselves. His presentation of Ramirez gives an impressive glimpse into the character of the man and his motivations. He is not simply presented as an evil psychopath, but as a more rounded human being enabling a better insight into his true character. Whether one feels any sympathy for him or not is a mute point. Many of the key players in the story, including Ramirez's family, are interviewed and their insights only add to the account of the case. My main criticisms would be:
- better editing would have benefitted the book. The section on the trial was a bit too long and some sections rather repeptitive. Also, the proof-reading in places was poor, resulting in spelling and grammatical errors.
- Whilst the section on the Night Stalker "groupies" was added in a later addition, I would have liked a more thorough examination of this topic as it is one of the most fascinating aspects of the case. More detail and discussions with more of the women would have given a better insight into their motivations.
These two points are the reason I didnt give 5 stars, but overall this is a well researched, detailed account and well worth a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read, detailed and well written. A disturbing story with good research and background written as a reporter would have covered the story.Published on 11 April 2014 by Tony Downing
I enjoyed the book but over half of it is concerned with the court case. I was expecting more to be about his crimes.Published on 22 Jun. 2013 by Carnegie
Very well written, gives a killer a human face and sadly there is no wonder to why he became a killer.Published on 22 April 2013 by AO